--T. Boone Pickens, in his characteristically subtle way, says fracking is "100% safe" in a speech at the Beverly Hilton. (Yahoo News)
--Southern Illinois has become the latest drilling hotspot as firms move in:
"Already, drillers have leased hundreds of thousands of acres throughout southern Illinois, including in scenic Johnson and Pope counties, which hasn't seen conventional drilling and where people aren't sure what to expect if a fracking rush becomes a reality.
Some envision the kind of economic boom they've heard about in other states: tens of thousands of workers drilling for oil and gas, local businesses barely keeping up with demand and many municipal coffers flush with cash.
Others are spooked by stories of housing shortages, towns overrun with strangers, torn-up roads and claims of polluted water -- and worry that drilling would forever alter the serenity, beauty and very character of an area they consider special."
--And all eyes will be on Capitol Hill today for the Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel Meeting, with presentations from CMU and PSU professors on the Obama administration panel.